Contact: Larry Pry (314) 361-1900 x 306 email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Laura Peters (314) 361-1900 x 307 firstname.lastname@example.org THE MUNY ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAMS FOR THE 2012 SEASON St. Louis – The Muny announced today the creative teams for its 2012 Season, which opens on June 18 with Thoroughly Modern Millie. "I'm thrilled to have their work on the grand Muny stage for my inaugural season," said Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "They are some of the most exciting and talented people working in musical theatre today. Since last fall, we've all been in intense conversations to create great productions with thrilling casts. I'm extremely grateful to all of them." THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE MARC BRUNI (Director) returns to The Muny after previously directing Legally Blonde, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, My One and Only and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Marc directed New York City Center Encores! production of Pipe Dream. Other credits include Fanny (Encores!), Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill), High Spirits (York), and Glimpses of the Moon (Oak Room). On Broadway, he is the associate director for Nice Work If You Can Get It (in previews), Anything Goes (Roundabout Theatre Co.), White Christmas, Legally Blonde and Grease! CHRIS BAILEY (Choreographer) will be making his Muny debut. Chris is currently serving as the associate choreographer for the Broadway revival of Evita, opening this week. Also on Broadway, he has served as the associate choreographer for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises and Cry- Baby. In London’s West End, Chris served as the associate choreographer for Guys and Dolls, Evita, Once in a Lifetime and Candide. Tour credits include: The Wedding Singer (US), Guys and Dolls (UK, Australia) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK). MICHAEL HORSLEY (Musical Director) returns for his 19th year at The Muny after recently music directing Singin’ in the Rain; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Hello, Dolly!; Godspell and Damn Yankees, to name a few. National tours include White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and 42nd Street. Regionally he has music directed productions of White Christmas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line and The Full Monty. – MORE – CHICAGO DENIS JONES (Director/Choreographer) will be making his Muny debut. At this time he is choreographing the Paper Mill Playhouse/5th Avenue Theatre production of Damn Yankees, for which the New York Times said, “The choreography, by Denis Jones, is lively, confident and so varied that it takes a long time to remember that Bob Fosse, the master of slink, bump and grind, did the original.” On Broadway, he has served as the associate choreographer for Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. As a performer, Denis has been seen in the Broadway productions of The Full Monty, Little Me, Grease and Chicago, in which he played multiple roles and served as dance captain. Denis is choreographing the Broadway-bound production of Honeymoon in Vegas. CHARLIE ALTERMAN (Musical Director) returns to The Muny after music directing Legally Blonde in 2011. Charlie is now musical director/conductor for the hit Broadway revival of Godspell. Previous Broadway credits include Next to Normal and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. DISNEY’S ALADDIN GARY GRIFFIN (Director) will be making his Muny debut. During his tenure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Gary has directed Passion, A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Pacific Overtures, The Herbal Bed, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet. Broadway directing credits include The Color Purple (11 Tony® nominations including Best Musical) and The Apple Tree (Tony® nomination for Best Musical Revival). Gary has received eight Joseph Jefferson Awards for directing and has twice been named a "Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts" by the Chicago Tribune. For the Stratford Festival of Canada, he has directed West Side Story, Evita, Camelot, and their current production of 42nd Street. Griffin is directing the Broadway-bound production of Honeymoon in Vegas. ALEX SANCHEZ (Choreographer) returns to The Muny after choreographing last year’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He also served as the assistant choreographer for Damn Yankees. Alex is choreographing the Guthrie Theatre’s production of Roman Holiday. He has choreographed Where’s Charley? (New York City Encores! Series), In The Mood (national tour), Mambo Mouth (Penguin Rep), West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Woodminster Theater). Some of his Broadway performing credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Wonderful Town. GREG ANTHONY (Musical Director) will be returning to The Muny after music directing Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 2011. On Broadway, he served as the associate musical director for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Greg also musical directed the first national tour of Disney’s The Lion King. His regional work includes productions of Wonderland, Brundibar. Greg is also the music director for the Broadway-bound production of It Shoulda Been You. DREAMGIRLS ROBERT CLATER (Director) is a celebrated Dreamgirls director. Mr. Clater holds the distinction of being the only actor in history to have played all five of the principal male roles. Dreamgirls creator Michael Bennett selected Robert for the original cast of the Dreamgirls international company, which received a Tony® nomination for Best Revival in 1987. He has spent many successful years as an accomplished performer on Broadway, in films and on national television. – MORE – LESIA KAYE (Choreographer) is an accomplished performer whose favorite shows include They’re Playing Our Song, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hello Dolly and 42nd Street. Ms. Kaye was nominated in Los Angeles as Best Choreographer for Ragtime and her work with Dreamgirls. Lesia has enjoyed critical acclaim choreographing numerous productions including Chicago, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls and Dames at Sea. Lesia is the co-owner of Clater Kaye Theatreworks, a professional performing arts academy in Hickory, NC. (www.ClaterKayeTheatreworks.com) DARREN LEDBETTER (Musical Director) Currently the music director for the national tour of Rock of Ages, Darren will be making his Muny debut with Dreamgirls. He has also music directed the international tour of Grease. Darren’s regional credits include Dreamgirls, Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver and Romance/Romance. He has conducted numerous concerts throughout the US involving Carly Jibson, Natalie Weiss, Miranda Sings! and 80’s pop sensation Tiffany, among countless others. Mr. Ledbetter has worked extensively with The Walt Disney Company. JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR® DREAMCOAT LARA TEETER (Director/Choreographer) has starred at The Muny in Bye Bye Birdie, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Cats, Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Broadway credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He also performed in the 1982 revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic On Your Toes for which he received a Tony® Award nomination for his role as Junior Dolan. He is currently an associate professor and head of the Musical Theatre Program at the Webster Conservatory for Theatre Arts here in St. Louis, having previously taught for Shenandoah University, Northwestern University and California State University at Fullerton. MICHAEL HORSLEY (Musical Director) returns for his 19th year at The Muny after recently music directing Singin’ in the Rain; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Hello, Dolly!; Godspell and Damn Yankees, to name a few. National tours include White Christmas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and 42nd Street. Regionally he has music directed productions of White Christmas, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line and The Full Monty. PIRATES! (OR, GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLUNDER’D) GORDON GREENBERG (Director) recently directed and revised Studs Terkel's Working in an acclaimed new production for Broadway In Chicago, developed with Stephen Schwartz and Lin Manuel Miranda. He directed the new production of Yentl, the new national tour of Guys & Dolls, the Off-Broadway revival of Jacques Brel is Alive And Well…, Band Geeks! (also co-writer – recipient of NEA and NAMT grants for production at Goodspeed), Disney’s Believe, Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created with Nell Benjamin - Huntington, Goodspeed, Paper Mill), the Lortel-nominated best 2010 Off-Broadway musical We The People, 33 Variations, Floyd Collins, Happy Days first national tour, and many more. – MORE – DENIS JONES (Director/Choreographer) will be making his Muny debut. At this time he is choreographing the Paper Mill Playhouse/5th Avenue Theatre production of Damn Yankees, for which the New York Times said, “The choreography, by Denis Jones, is lively, confident and so varied that it takes a long time to remember that Bob Fosse, the master of slink, bump and grind, did the original.” On Broadway, he has served as the associate choreographer for Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. As a performer, Denis has been seen in the Broadway productions of The Full Monty, Little Me, Grease and Chicago, in which he played multiple roles and served as dance captain. Denis is choreographing the Broadway-bound production of Honeymoon in Vegas. BEN WHITELEY (Music Director) returns to The Muny where last year he conducted Kiss Me, Kate. Other shows at The Muny include Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Music Man, Beauty and The Beast (twice) and The Sound of Music (twice). Currently the music director of the Paper Mill Playhouse/5th Avenue Theatre production of Damn Yankees, he has led the national tours of Spamalot, The Full Monty, Falsettos, Big and Grand Hotel. On Broadway, he recently conducted The Addams Family, and was the music director for Cats, where he returned to conduct its final performances. Recordings include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro and the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. THE KING AND I ROB RUGGIERO (Director) returns to The Muny after directing The Music Man. Earlier this year, Rob directed the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ acclaimed production of Sunday in the Park With George, his sixth show for The Rep. Mr. Ruggiero’s Broadway credits include the recent production of High (starring Kathleen Turner) and Looped (starring Valerie Harper in a Tony®-nominated performance). In 2005, Mr. Ruggiero conceived and directed the world premiere musical portrait of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Ella (starring Tina Fabrique). Ella has won three Kevin Kline Awards, including “Outstanding Director of a Musical” for the St. Louis production. Mr. Ruggiero is the only director to have received four Kevin Kline Awards, two for Best Direction of a Musical (Urinetown, The Musical and Ella) and two for Best Direction of a Play (Take Me Out and The Little Dog Laughed). RALPH PERKINS (Choreographer) has choreographed for several regional theaters across the country, as well as in Las Vegas. Among his credits are a revival of Sweet Charity for The Barrington Stage Company, and 1776 and Camelot for Goodspeed Musicals. Ralph has received two Kevin Kline Award nominations for outstanding choreography for his work on Urinetown, The Musical and Kiss, Me Kate; both shows produced at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, where he recently choreographed Sunday in the Park with George. In Vegas, Ralph was choreographer for EFX starring Tommy Tune at the MGM Grand, Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur and also worked for Siegfried and Roy at The Mirage, to name a few. Ralph is currently Director of Dance for Theater at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT. – MORE – BRAD HAAK (Musical Director) previously music directed Gypsy at The Muny. Brad has been the music director and conductor for Mary Poppins on Broadway since it opened in 2005. Prior Broadway credits include music direction and incidental music arrangements for Elton John's Lestat and piano/keyboards for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Brad was assistant conductor for the first national tour of Disney's The Lion King. Brad is the music supervisor and orchestrator for composer Paul Gordon (Broadway's Jane Eyre). Current collaborations include Jane Austen's Emma, Daddy Long Legs and a revamped Jane Eyre. Brad was the music supervisor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater's recent critically-acclaimed productions of Stephen Sondheim's Follies and will return there for their production of Sunday in the Park With George (both directed by Gary Griffin). Season tickets are on sale through June 13, 2012. Single tickets are on sale June 2, 2012. ### The Muny is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to enrich lives by producing quality musical theatre accessible to all, continuing its remarkable tradition in Forest Park.
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